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Weekend Sesshins(Retreats)

A sesshin (literally, “to gather the mind”) is a time when formal Zen practice is the primary focus of what we do. Sometimes these are informally called “retreats,” but in actuality they involve going forward into the heart of our lives.


Participation in sesshin is open to community members and others who have had some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation. Each sesshin offers an extended opportunity to settle the mind and body and open to the deep wisdom of human life. These are excellent opportunities to strengthen and deepen the practice of presence, including benefiting from the support of others.

Sesshin at Compassionate Ocean

  • June:  Friday, June 23, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, June 25, Noon   View schedule>>

The weekend sesshin will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk, a work period, and an opportunity to meet with a teacher. Each weekend sesshin also includes three vegetarian meals on Saturday. 

Participants typically go home over night, but can stay overnight at the Center with prior approval.

Led by Michael & Joen O'Neal

Fee: by donation

Sesshin at Ryumonji


  • Friday, July 21, 5:30 P.M.–Sunday, July 23, 1:00 P.M.

Led by Rev. Shoken Winecoff, this sesshin will include a “Shuso” (head monk) ceremony, which is an important stage in traditional Zen training, and a “Shuso tea” the evening before.

Location: Ryumonji Zen Monastery in Northeastern Iowa

See for information about Ryumonji.

Fee: $175 (members $150) 


You may register online using one of the buttons below—select the option for  your preferred payment method (online or check).

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